GW Sailing's DelBello Finishes as Top Freshman at MAISA Laser Championship
GW Rookies Place Seventh, Ninth at Conference's Singlehanded Championship
Oct. 13, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - GW sailing's Daniel DelBello was the top finishing freshman with a seventh-place showing at the Carl Van Duyne MAISA Laser Championship this weekend.
In ninth place after 10 races on Saturday, DelBello finished seventh-or-better in seven of eight races on Sunday, including a stretch of 2-1-3-2 in Races 14-17, to climb to seventh with 132 points.
Teammate Colin Kennedy, who was the third-best rookie in the 18-sailor fleet behind DelBello and Old Dominion's Nathan Fields, placed ninth with 167 points, highlighted by a dozen top-10 finishes and third in the Race 18 finale.
"Dan and Colin both sailed well and will be contenders at future MAISA Laser Championships and ICSA Nationals," said second-year Head Coach John Pearce.
Georgetown's Greg Martinez won the conference's Laser crown with 78 points and was joined by Fordham's Olin Paine (82), SUNY Maritime's Nick Valente (82) and St. Mary's (Md.) John Wallace (94) in securing bids to the ICSA Singlehanded Nationals.
GW also sailed in the Navy Women's Fall Intersectional in Annapolis, placing 17th in an 18-team fleet featuring 10 of the nation's top 15 women's programs according to the latest Sailing World College Rankings.
The Colonials accumulated 708 points over 18 races, besting the University of Miami by 33 points. No. 1 Yale captured the regatta title with 302 points, 73 better than runner-up No. 9 College of Charleston.
Sophomore Hannah McNomee and senior Erin McCormack had the best showing for GW at 13th place in B Division with 200 points. The duo posted eight top-10 showing, including a win in Race 17 and second in Race 15.
Sophomore Maria Sinagra and senior Kaitlin Denney finishing 16th in the A Division with 223 points, and freshman Madison Oleson placed 17th with 285 points in her collegiate singlehanded debut in C Division.
"The really important takeaway from the women's intersectional was getting experience at these national regattas with top ranked teams," said Coach Pearce. "As the regatta progressed, we became more comfortable being aggressive and sticking to our game plan."
With three weeks until the War Memorial MAISA Coed Championship regatta in Norfolk, Va., Nov. 2-3, the Colonials will compete in just one event over each of the next two weekends, beginning with the Central Fall #2 hosted by Washington College in Chestertown, Md., Oct. 19-20.
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